How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- A recent case was a restaurant in Mykonos which charged an American tourist 591 Euros for 6 plates of calamari, 98.5 Euros for a plate of squid, 20 Euros for caesar salad, 25 Euros per glass of beer, 18 Euros for tomato juice and 8.90 Euros or a bottle of water!
- Version 1: not listing prices in menu or having a tourist menu with inflated prices.
- Version 2: pricing by weight (e.g. seafood/gram) and serving more than was ordered (to charge more) or serving less than ordered (with a rigged weighing scale).
- Version 3: tout outside restaurants advertises a discount/free dish to pull you in but feigns ignorance later.
- Version 4: not providing an itemized bill to hide overcharging, or charging a more expensive price on your bill, claiming prices have changed but the menu has not been updated.
- Version 5: serving expensive packaged water for tourists, and free water for locals.
Places to beware:
- Athens: Plaka, Mount Lycabettus
- Corfu Island: Corfu Old Town (e.g. Café Pomegranate)
- Crete: Star Beach
- Mykonos: Little Venice, Platis Gialos Beach, Paraga Beach
- Rhodes Town: Village of Lindos, Sintrivani restaurant, The Gate restaurant
- Santorini: Amoudi Bay, Sunset in Oia, Kamari Beach, Oia’s Main Street
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like FourSquare) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (best day tours platform in Europe) has a couple of food tours.